West Ham United have made their first summer signing after beating the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal to land highly-rated forward Domingos Quina. The Portuguese forward will arrive on an initial two-year scholarship but has agreed terms to sign his first professional contract when he turns 17-year-old in November this year.
"West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of outstanding young Portuguese forward Domingos Quina. He will arrive on an initial two-year scholarship, subject to international clearance, and has agreed terms to sign a professional contract on his 17th birthday in November," a statement on the Hammers' official site read.
The 16-year-old, who was part of the Chelsea youth team before being released, was part of the Portugal side that recently won the Uefa European U17 championships. According to the Daily Mail, he was in advanced talks with Arsenal but has since chosen to move to West Ham after spending time training with the east London club. He will be the east London club's second summer signing following the arrival of Harvard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Academy Director and Head of Player Coaching and Development Terry Westley was delighted after agreeing a deal with the forward and believes it is a big coup for the West Ham academy as they beat a number of top clubs for his signature. He likened him to current first-team player Manuel Lanzini as he can play as an outright forward or create goals for his teammate in an advanced attacking role.
"Attracting a player of Domingos's quality and potential to the Club is recognition of the stature with which the West Ham United Academy is held," Westley told the club's official site.
"Domingos is an exciting young player and he has seen that we can help him to develop and make the most of his many talents at West Ham United. He wants to come on our journey the same as the likes of Martin Samuelsen, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke see their futures here."
"Slaven Bilic personally met with Domingos during the time he spent training with us and his interest in the player and the discussion they had undoubtedly helped to persuade him that West Ham was the right place to continue his development," he explained.
"For me, he has the same qualities as a Manuel Lanzini, in that he likes to come deep and receive the ball and then run with it, while he also possesses the quality to run in behind — he is both a goal-scorer and a goal-creator. This is a big signing for the Academy and for West Ham United," the Academy director added.